On May 21st 2014, Spink
USA will offer the J. E. Safra 24c. Inverted Jenny, the most
recognised and desired error in all of American philately, in a
single lot auction.
This rare error from the J. E.
Safra collection is the finest of the five recorded mint never
hinged examples. This particular gem has been graded VF-XF 85 and
SSV Catalogue value is $1,000,000 for an example graded VF 80.
Just one day after it was issued in
May 1918, the stamp gained immediate attention from William T.
Robey, who noticed its potential worth and purchased the entire
error sheet of 100 from the New York Avenue Post Office in
Within a week, Robey sold the sheet
to the Philadelphia stamp collector Eugene Klein for $15,000, an
impressive mark up on the initial $24 investment. Klein then resold
the sheet to Colonel Green for $20,000.
Shortly thereafter, Green asked
Klein to break the sheet up. A number of singles and position
blocks were retained by Green whilst others were given to Klein to
be resold to grace the collections of many prestigious
The Inverted Jenny is in impeccable
condition, featuring a beautifully rich and colourful print upon
clean, crisp paper, complete with original gum.
Many copies from the original sheet
have varying degrees of faults, some without original gum, making
this example all the more important.
Previously setting a world record
for a single US stamp, this particular specimen was sold at the
Siegal 'Rarities of the World' auction in 1982 for $198,000.
Spink is the world's leading auctioneer of stamps, coins,
banknotes, medals, bonds & shares, autographs, books and
wine. Since its foundation in 1666, the Spink name has become
synonymous with tradition, experience and integrity. Holder of
royal warrants and numerous records for prices achieved at auction,
Spink offers an unparalleled range of services to collectors
worldwide. Headquartered in London, with offices in New York,
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